ejected from stormy Burnham-On-Sea council meeting
group of residents was asked to leave a stormy Burnham-On-Sea
council meeting on Monday night (May 17th) after they confronted
town councillors over controversial proposals to build an extension
to the block of flats where they live.
group of 14 residents of Brue House in Berrow Road arrived en
masse at the town council's chambers in Jaycroft Road, where the
contentious planning application for four new flats was considered
approved, the residents believe the project would adversely affect
their privacy, cause traffic problems, and represent an over-development
of the site.
Terry Owen put forward their case at the meeting and the property's
owner, Ian Stradling, explained to councillors why he believed
the scheme is different from two previous applications and should
several other residents in the audience were unhappy that they
were unable to speak as well. They also claimed they had not been
given enough time to properly look at the revised planning application.
several loud exchanges between two residents and town councillors,
the committee chairman, Cllr Pauline Pollard, asked the public
then considered the application behind closed doors and decided
the application should be recommended for refusal.
Peter Burridge-Clayton, who is a member of the planning committee,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "There is very little difference
between this planning application and the two previous ones which
seems to be an over-development of the site and would cause a
lack of privacy. There would also be insufficient car parking
facilities and we also have concerns about Players Lane, which
runs next to the site, being damaged by the additional traffic.
The whole application needs to be considered in detail by Sedgemoor."
property's owner, Mr Stradling, defended his proposals, telling
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "All I want to do is to replace two unused
garage blocks with the new flats. It's a good opportunity to develop
a brown field site. Many of the buildings along Berrow Road already
have similar extensions, so what I am proposing is no different."
the residents were pleased that the town council recommended the
plans be refused, they were unhappy with how the meeting went.
Gates told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was a complete shambles
- we're very unhappy that we were asked to leave."
Town Council's Deputy Town Clerk, Denise Emery, explained the
council's rules on members of the public needing to request prior
permission to speak at its meetings.
added that all the residents would be able to put their views
in writing to Sedgemoor District Council and that the plans are
on public view for anyone to view them.
final decision on the proposals will be made by Sedgemoor's development
control committee in the coming weeks.